Autism Funky Fun Run raises awarness

WAAY 31's Brittany Collins speaks with parents at Huntsville's Funky Fun Run to raise awareness for autism.

Posted: Apr 29, 2018 7:25 PM

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows more children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder this year.

In Alabama, Autism affects over 50 thousand people.

One in 59 children is diagnosed with autism. Thats an increase from a 2016 study which stated one in 68 children were diagnosed.

Mother, Nova Glenn, noticed her son Jacob reacted differently tha other kids.

"He actually was communicating when he was younger, then his speech started to decline and that's when you noticed, that's an issue."

After Jacob turned two, doctors diagnosed him with autism.

Part of the prescription was early intervention. Now, the nine-year-old is home schooled and gets speech therapy in the public school system.

Nancy Barnes, a retired educator who is now with the Autism Society of Alabama, tells WAAY 31 that more parents are taking the option to send their autistic children to public schools for some services.

A new law that was passed last year helps these students receive more services, such as therapy, since it is now covered under insurance.
Barnes says these services teach children to function closely to their typically developing peers.

Nova Glenn wants only the best for her son, Jacob, and is willing to take advantage of those services.

"I was actually just talking to him yesterday and saying that I hope he could live on his own, his own family and wife that loves him and maybe his own children" Glenn stated. "Will it happen? Only God knows."

Nancy Barnes also said since autism is a spectrum disorder, every child is different, some are gited and others need more intense intervention.

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